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Conti R&D boss takes pop at airless tires

Hanover, Germany – Airless tires are more of a marketing tool than a realistic offering for the passenger car tire market, according to Dr Gerrit Bolz, head of process development, tire assembly at Continental.

While the most promising applications for airless tires to date are off-road, developers have touted the solid- or cellular-polymer products as offering an alternative to pneumatic car tires.

Michelin, with its Tweel, is perhaps the leader in this field, though other tire makers including Bridgestone and Hankook have also developed airless tires.

This month has also saw the high-profile launch of Michelin’s Vision concept tire – a futuristic design with self-supporting ‘alveolar’ interior, which is…

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